The Catalyst line of modular and fixed managed switches provides speed and control at the access, aggregation, and backbone levels of converged IP voice, video, and data networks for organizations that range in size from small businesses and branches to multi-campus enterprises and SPs. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE consultants offer online and onsite expertise with Catalyst family switches to help your organization to design a cost-effective network topology that meets your unique business needs, set up proof-of-concept testing systems, deploy Catalyst switches, establish and validate a sound security and compliance plan, automate network management and monitoring, deliver repair and support services, optimize switch capacity, and configure Catalyst's fault-tolerant technology for near-zero downtime.

Progent can help you to maintain and troubleshoot your older Catalyst switches or migrate smoothly to current models of Catalyst switches following industry best practices to ensure that you realize the maximum business value from your investment in your IT infrastructure.

The demand for smart, high-speed switching is the result 0f a combination of relatively recent networking patterns whose net effect is a cyber tsunami of traffic:

  • Cloud and Internet of Things networking and a consequent reliance on massive virtualization
  • The proliferation of BYOD computing
  • Bandwidth-intensive HD video apps
  • Social business technologies
  • The rise of Big Data in analytics
  • Increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks such as ransomware
Private, public and hybrid clouds are only operationally realistic because of virtualization technology. Virtualized data centers radically reduce expenses by permitting aggressively high resource utilization and requiring very little data center space and power consumption. However this also means that comparatively limited resources have to support substantial volumes of data traffic. The BYOD paradigm has created a dramatic rise in the amount of mobile clients that must be supported by IT networks, and these users tend to run a high percentage of data-intensive, HD video apps. Social media for business is displacing traditional email as the main driver for collaboration and is generating an ever increasing demand for bandwidth. Businesses who want to remain competitive are resorting to Big Data technology to search through enormous and varied silos of information, which in turn produces Big Traffic. All of these trends are relatively recent, and combined they cause a critical demand for a new class of switches that feature much more performance, control, availability and manageability than previous solutions were engineered to provide.

Cisco's latest portfolio of Catalyst switches are ideal for the distribution/core layers of campus environments where office workers must be provided for by offering predictable performance, secure client access management, careful segmentation, application awareness, and wired and wireless convergence. Cisco's Catalyst switches address the demand for speed and intelligence with features that include high-port-count 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet services, switching capacity over 25T per appliance, a comprehensive suite of tools such as Easy Virtual Network to simplify the deployment of VLANs, Virtual Switching System technology for stateful interchassis failover with subsecond virtual switch recovery and "five nines" (99.999%) uptime, IPv6 capability, Application Visibility and Control to optimize system utilization, and sophisticated Quality of Service tools for critical traffic control.

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Cisco Can Provide Catalyst Switches for Organizations of All Sizes

Cisco Catalyst switches allow businesses of any size to benefit from incorporating intelligent switching and routing features into their network architecture, creating an environment that can handle real-time needs, scale to accommodate future growth, guard sensitive information, and separate and manage tasks to enhance network productivity.

Catalyst 1000 Series Fixed Ethernet Switches
Cisco Catalyst 1000 Family Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 1000 Layer 2 network access switches are compact, fixed switches intended for smaller businesses and branches with as many as 250 workers and with minimal internal IT expertise. The Catalyst 1000 line includes fanless versions for noiseless operation outside a wiring closet in an office environment. Mounting options include desktop, wall or shelf mount, rack mount, and DIN. Created as an easy upgrade for Cisco Catalyst 2960-L or 2960-Plus deployments, Cisco's Catalyst 1000 portfolio includes models with 8 to 48G Ethernet ports or 24 to 48 Fast Ethernet 10/100M Mbps ports.

Catalyst Series 1000 set up and management are simple using a web interface or CLI, security is enterprise-class, and PoE+ ports with an automatically distributed power budget of 740W supports a broad variety of Internet of Things solutions. As many as eight Catalyst 1000 Gbit Ethernet model switches can be controlled together with single IP. Catalyst 1000 appliances are nonblocking line-rate devices, and all are based on Cisco's familiar IOS operating system software. QoS features include egress queues for every port as well as priority packet queuing to provide wire-speed throughput for data, IP voice, and video traffic. Catalyst Series 1000 switches also feature Shaped Round Robin (SRR) scheduling and WTD congestion management.

Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series Fixed and Modular Managed Switches
The Cisco Catalyst 9000 series of switches includes modular and fixed units and can support all deployment models including access, distribution, and core switching. The Catalyst 9000 line offers devices with the right price/performance to connect people and things in venues ranging from small businesses and branch offices to the largest enterprises. Catalyst 9000 switches can be set up to implement any mix of onsite deployments, private/public clouds, and hybrid network models. Modern network management platforms and advanced cybersecurity features lower expenses by streamlining operations and safeguarding critical network assets. Cisco's 9000X series of switches offer converged switching/routing, delivering the first mix of 400G QSFP-DD ports plus full mGig and Power-over-Ethernet ports.

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Catalyst 9000 Switches Are Designed for a Hybrid Landscape

Cisco Catalyst 9200 Series Switches ConsultantsWith double the backplane stacking bandwidth at around half the cost of the legacy Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR switches they are intended to replace, Catalyst 9200 Series switches are a natural infrastructure improvement for small branches and midsize campuses. The Catalyst 9200 portfolio includes switches that support 24 or 48 ports with full Power over Ethernet; 80-160 Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth; and Layer 3 capabilities such as OSPF Interior Gateway Protocol, EIGRP, IS-IS link-state protocol, and RIP. Catalyst 9200 Series switches run the Cisco IOS XE operating system.

The Catalyst 9200 delivers 160-Gbps backplane stacking capacity, features field-replaceable redundant power supplies and fans, and accepts swappable modules with 4x1G, 4x1/10G, 2x25G, or 2x40G uplink. The Catalyst 9200 Enhanced VN model supports as many as 32 Virtual Networks and offers 160-Gbps backplane stacking performance. The Catalyst 9200L offers 80-Gbps backplane stacking bandwidth. The Catalyst 9200L multigigabit and the Catalyst 9200 multigigabit offer wireless performance optimization with 8 or 12 multigigabit ports as fast as 10Gbps.

Catalyst 9300 Switches ConsultantsCisco's Catalyst 9300 Series switches are fixed, stackable units for high-density access switching. Advanced capabilities available with models in the Catalyst 9300 portfolio include up to 1Tbps stacking performance, stackable high-speed fiber, up to 448 multigigabit Ethernet ports including 288 ports of 90W UPOE+ with an 8-unit stack, end-to-end IPsec tunnel with AES-256 Encryption and speeds as high as 100G, high-availability redundant fans and power, plus data stack and StackPower cables compatible throughout the complete Catalyst 9300 family.

Based on Cisco IOS XE, appliances in the Catalyst 9300 family offer auto provisioning, API-driven configuration, high-granularity visibility for close to realtime monitoring, and seamless software updates and patching. Security features include Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) as well as AES-256 MACsec and IPSec encryption, plus Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies with Image signing. Cloud cybersecurity is strengthened because Catalyst 9300 Series switches can host the Cisco Umbrella agent directly. This makes it possible for organizations to implement their DNS filtering policies at user or group level to block BYOD or IoT clients from accessing malicious websites.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 9300L switch delivers up to 320G backplane stacking throughput and offers 12 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10G ports and 36 10M/100M/1G ports. The 9300L utilizes fixed instead of modular uplink components for 4 1G, 4 10G, or 2 40G ports. The Cisco Catalyst 9300 appliance offers 480G of stacking performance and supports 48 100M/1G/2.5G/5Gbps ports, 24 100M/1G/2.5G/5G/10Gbps ports, or 48 1G SFP ports. Modular uplink speeds available are 1G, 10G, 25G, or 40G. The high-end Cisco Catalyst 9300X switch provides 1T backplane stacking bandwidth and supports 48 10G ports. The 9300X accepts modular uplinks with dual-rate 100G/40G, multirate 25G/10G/1G, or mGig. Cisco 90W Universal Power Over Ethernet+ supports IoT-intensive environments such as smart buildings. Hardware is available to provide 100G IPsec.

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9400 Series appliances are modular switches based on the Cisco IOS XE operating system and targeted for midsize and enterprise campus access deployments. Delivering twice the performance and over four times the chassis bandwidth as the legacy Catalyst 6500 it is designed to replace, the Catalyst 9400 portfolio brings switch technology into the modern era of connectivity impelled by cybersecurity, mobility, Internet of Things, and cloud.

Catalyst 9400 switches are available with 4-slot, 7-slot, and 10-slot chassis. Two of the slots on the chassis are reserved for high-availability supervisor cards, leaving 2, 5, or 8 slots available for line cards. Max capacity per line-card slot is 480 Gbps. Switching performance can reach 1.44 Tbps and forwarding performance on Supervisor Module is as high as 9 Tbps for the 10-slot chassis. All Catalyst 9400 appliances offer 90W UPOE+ on every port, secure segmentation with Software-Defined Access and N+N/N+1 power redundancy for high resilience. Cisco's Catalyst 9400 4-slot switch supports 96 10/100/1000 ports, 5G/10G multigigabit ports, or 10G SFP+ ports. The Catalyst 9400 7-slot supports 240 ports, and the Catalyst 9400 10-slot supports 384 ports. All Catalyst 9400 appliances can provide 2 non-blocking 40G Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplinks and 8 non-blocking 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ uplinks.

Catalyst 9500 Switches ExpertsThe Catalyst 9500 family includes fixed core and edge services appliances intended for the large campus. Catalyst 9500 models are powered by the Cisco IOS XE operating system and the series includes the first network technology to deliver switching rates above 25 Tbps.

Cisco's Catalyst 9500 appliances provide up to 6.4 Terabits per second switching performance with forwarding speed up to 2 Billion Packet per Second. Catalyst 9500 appliances can provide as many as 32 nonblocking 100 GB QSFP28 ports, 32 nonblocking 40 Gigabit QSFP+ ports, 48 nonblocking 25 Gigabit SFP28 ports, or 48 nonblocking 10G ports. You can configure Multichassis EtherChannel across Cisco StackWise-Virtual members for high resiliency.

Catalyst 9500X appliances can provide as high as 25.6 Terabits per second switching capacity with up to 2 Billion Packet per Second forwarding capacity. Catalyst 9500X devices deliver up to 28 nonblocking 40/100 GB QSFP28 optical ports or 8 nonblocking 40/100/200/400 Gigabit QSFP-DD ports. The 9500X product line also includes hardware capability for line-rate 256-bit 802.1AE MACsec and WAN-MACsec1 data encryption.

Cisco Catalyst 9600 Switches ExpertsCisco's Catalyst 9600 Series switches are modular core and distribution appliances intended for the enterprise campus. The 6-slot chassis loaded with a Catalyst 9600X Series Supervisor delivers switching capacity up to 25.6 Tbps and can contain as many as 256 nonblocking 10/25/50 G Ethernet ports, 96 nonblocking 40/100G Gigabit ports, or 8 nonblocking 200/400 GE QSFP-DD ports. The Catalyst 9600 also supports dual-rate 40G/100G and 10G/25G optics. Two chassis slots are dedicated for high-availability supervisors. You can mix and match a selection of line cards for core and aggregation deployments. The Catalyst 9600 chassis has a passive backplane, making it possible to replace fan tray, power supplies, and line cards without disruption.

Legacy Catalyst Series Switches Supported by Progent
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants have broad experience providing online and on-premises support expertise for legacy Catalyst switches which have reached End of Life (EOL). These legacy Catalyst switches usually are more expensive to operate and support than current products, deliver lower performance and functionality, and for some cases may expose businesses to regulatory and even liability issues. Progent's consultants can help you to maintain and repair these older Cisco products and can also assist you to plan and execute seamless migrations to newer models within the Catalyst line or to devices from Cisco's Nexus portfolio of switches which take advantage of Catalyst technology.

Catalyst Express 500 and 520 Line of Switches
Catalyst Express 500 Family Switches ConsultantsThe Catalyst Express 500 family of managed Ethernet switches are designed for companies with up to 250 employees and provide the dependability, protection, extensibility, and feature set small and mid-sized businesses need at an affordable price. Power over Ethernet capability makes it simple to add network devices like VoIP phones and closed-circuit TV cameras.

Models of the Catalyst Express 500 and 520 managed switches support up to 24 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports as well as the option of backup power with auto switch-over for additional reliability. Integration with Cisco access points allows organizations to build a wireless LAN environment rapidly and effectively. The Cisco Catalyst Express 500 family offers solid security against viruses thanks to Cisco's Self-Defending Network strategy and Cisco Clean Access solutions. Catalyst 2940 Switch
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches Professional ServicesCisco Catalyst 2900 Series non-modular, managed Ethernet switches offer fundamental small-group networking for small to midsize organizations. These wire-speed desktop switches deliver IOS Software features for basic mixed-media traffic control at the network edge. The Cisco 2940 line of fixed-configuration switches are small-footprint, entry-level devices featuring 8 Fast Ethernet ports plus a single built-in Fast or Gbit uplink. They can be deployed outside the wiring closet in cramped office spaces like on or under a worker's desk or in a classroom.

Cisco Catalyst 2960-S Series Switch
The Catalyst 2960-S Series are fixed-configuration switches designed for small companies and branches. Current versions have 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, four 1-Gigabit or two 10GE uplinks, and provide throughput of 176 Gbps. Cisco's FlexStack feature allows as many as four 2960-S switches to be combined in a stack to act like a single switch that provides 40 Gbps of stacking performance and that cuts management expense with single-switch setup. Cisco's IPv6 FHS technology protects against IPv6 address theft and malicious threats.

Cisco Catalyst 3560 Family Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3560 Series Switches Professional ServicesCisco's Catalyst 3560 Series is a selection of non-modular switches that includes IEEE 802.3af and Power over Ethernet functionality in Fast Ethernet and 10/100/1000 Ethernet configurations. Cisco's Catalyst 3560 switch is an ideal Layer 2 switch for midsize business network access or satellite-office environments, combining both Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) configurations for high efficiency while facilitating the deployment of vital applications such a VoIP, Wi-Fi, video monitoring, and building management systems. Customers can activate comprehensive intelligent services such as quality of service (QoS), rate limiting, access control lists (ACLs), multicast management, and high-performance IP routing while maintaining the simplicity of conventional LAN switching.

Cisco's Catalyst 3560 family switch is equipped with a powerful array of capabilities that permit network scalability and higher availability via IP routing plus a complete suite of Spanning Tree Protocol enhancements aimed to increase availability in an access Layer LAN. Enhancements to the standard STP Protocol, such as PVST+, and Port Fast, as well as enhancements such as Flex Links interfaces, contribute to network efficiency. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVST+) allows for Layer 2 traffic sharing on redundant connections to exploit the additional capacity inherent in a redundant design.

Important protocols such as OPSF, EIGRP, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), static routing, and PBR increase network scale; PIM improves the efficiency of system resource use; and Virtual Route Forwarding Lite (VRFLite) protects network traffic.

Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series Switches HelpFor midsized organizations and corporate branch offices, the Cisco Catalyst 3750 switch eases deployment of unified technologies and accommodates evolving competitive environments by providing setup versatility, support for unified network patterns, and management-free set up of intelligent network services. In addition, Cisco's Catalyst 3750 Series is designed for high-density Gigabit Ethernet environments and incorporates a diverse selection of switches that address the access, aggregation, and backbone-connectivity demands of small or mid-size systems.

The Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series switch includes either the IP Base image or the IP Services image. The IP Base image features include industry-leading QoS, rate-management, access control lists, and basic static and Routing Information Protocol routing capability. The IP Services image offers a richer selection of enterprise network functions, such as sophisticated built-in IP unicast/multicast routing.

Cisco StackWise technology is a mechanism designed for Gigabit interfaces. This technology is intended to react to additions, deletions, and relocations while providing consistent operation. Cisco StackWise combines as many as nine separate switches into a single functional device, using custom stack-interface cables and stacking utilities. The individual switches can be any mix of the Catalyst 3750 Series and the Catalyst 3750-E Series. The stack operates as an individual switching appliance that is managed by a control switch, chosen from among the stack of switches. The control switch intelligently creates and updates all the switching and user-selected routing databases. A running stack can accept new switches or delete old members with no operational interruption.

Catalyst 2960 Swiches and 3560-CX Switches
Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series Switches ConsultingCisco's Catalyst 2960-CX is a fixed-port managed switch that is ultra-compact, fanless, power efficient, and allows a variety of mounting alternatives. The switch incorporates eight 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports and two Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports and optionally provides Power over Ethernet (PoE). Cisco's Catalyst 3560-CX is a fixed-configuration switch packaged in a compact, noiseless and low-power unit that can be mounted almost anywhere convenient. Models are available with eight or 12 1-GE ports or with 6 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports plus two multigigabit ports. Two or four uplink ports are offered, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) is also an option.

Catalyst 2900-L Switches Integration and TroubleshootingCisco's Catalyst 2960-L line includes entry-level fixed-configuration switches intended for branch offices, retail venues, and other places where space is at a premium. These compact switches include 8 to 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports and either two or four Small Form-Factor Pluggable uplink ports. PoE support saves space and fanless operation for most versions eliminates noise. RJ-45 interfaces handle 10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T and 1000BASE-T SFP-based ports.

Catalyst 2960-X and 2960-XR Series switches improve on the 2690-S family of switches by delivering switching performance of up to 216 Gbps and providing Cisco's FlexStack-Plus stacking technology via a hot-swappable module that can combine 8 switches in a stack with 80 Gbps of stacking throughput. Cisco Catalyst 2900 family switches also work with NetFlow-Lite for flow-based traffic monitoring. The Catalyst 2960-XR switch features L3 dynamic routing, offering the simplicity of using a single switch for Layer 2 and Layer 3 routing.

Catalyst 3650 and 3850 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Switch and 3850 Switches Consulting FirmCisco Catalyst 3650 and Catalyst 3850 series switches are fixed-configuration, stackable network access devices based on Cisco's IOS XE control software and incorporating comprehensive wireless network controller functionality that lets you converge wired and wireless networks on a one device powered by one OS. Cisco has models with either 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections with PoE plus, four 1GE or four 10GE uplinks, and capacity for as many as nine Catalyst switches per FlexStack stack. All models provide modular Quality of Service, fast failover for high availability, software support for IPv4 and IPv6 routing, multicast, and advanced security.

Because wireless traffic is present at the Catalyst 3000 Series switch, administrators can spot and assign priorities to wireless traffic using Cisco's FNF solution along with advanced QoS capabilities for a better wireless user environment and faster problem mediation. Multigigabit Ethernet switching can handle the high-bandwidth called for by the new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless specification on existing cabling infrastructure. (For information about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's 802.11ac Wi-Fi products, and Meraki cloud-managed Wi-Fi access points, visit Configuration and Troubleshooting Support for Cisco Wireless Products.)

The Cisco Catalyst 3650 switch delivers stacking throughput as high as 160 Gbps and can control up to 25 Wi-Fi APs and 1000 wireless users on each switch or stack. The Cisco Catalyst 3850 switch offers stacking performance of 480 Gbps and supports up to 50 Wi-Fi APs and 2000 Wi-Fi clients per switch. Cisco Catalyst 3850 SFP Fiber Switches incorporate 12 or 24 1G fiber connections at line rate, providing long distance connectivity, advanced security, and a consistent wired/wireless experience.

Catalyst 4500-E Series and Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Cisco's Catalyst 4500-E and and Catalyst 4500-X Series switches are intended for campus and distribution deployments where space for networking equipment is limited. Running Cisco's IOS XE control software, the Catalyst 4500-E and Catalyst 4500-X families facilitate network virtualization by supporting Cisco's EVN and Virtual Switching System solutions. Network virtualization allows you to segment a hardware network into a number of virtual networks whose data and control planes are logically distinct. This makes possible the economy, protection, resilience, and simplified management needed for Cloud computing or other situations where a common resource pool is shared by applications and services that need to run in complete privacy from each other. Easy Virtual Network streamlines the process of creating virtual networks and scales to 32 VNs per switch. EVN utilizes the capabilities of Multi-virtual routing and forwarding and provides new features including VNET Trunks and an easy technique for duplicating replicating routes connecting virtual networks. VSS technology makes it easy to set up Catalyst 4500-E and 4500-X Series platforms to produce non-stop virtual networks with optimized traffic load balancing.

Catalyst 4500-E Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-E Family Switches Consulting FirmThe Supervisor Engine for for the Catalyst 4500-E switch includes a built-in wireless network controller that supports Cisco's Unified Access solution for wired and wireless convergence. this is the first Cisco Catalyst supervisor to support wired as well as wireless services on a single switch powered by Cisco's IOS XE. Technologies included are Cisco's FNF solution for capacity planning across both wired and Wi-Fi networks, TrustSec wired/wireless data security, consistent QoS for wired and wireless clients, plus the extension of Nonstop Forwarding with Stateful Switchover to cover Wi-Fi traffic for enterprise-class availability.

Available in chassis with from three to 10 slots, Catalyst 4500-E Series switches with Supervisor 8-E can handle up to 384 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 192 1GE non-blocking fiber connections, 96 10-Gigabit Ethernet fiber connections, and eight 10GE uplinks. The Catalyst 4500-E Supervisor Engine 8-E delivers as much as 928 Gbps of wired capacity per system and up to 20 Gbps of wireless termination capacity. 50 wireless access points and 2000 Wi-Fi clients can be supported per switch, and up to 250 APs and 4000 clients are managed in a multi-switch deployment without requiring a separate wireless controller.

Catalyst 4500-X Series Switches
Catalyst 4500-X Family Switches ConsultantsCatalyst 4500-X switches are fixed-configuration 10-Gigabit Ethernet aggregation platforms that provide up to 800 Gbps of backplane switching capacity per device. The Catalyst 4500-X switch supports as many as 32 10GE ports on the unit's baseboard and eight extra 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports on the optional expansion module for a maximum of up to 40 non-blocking 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Eight 10-Gigabit Ethernet uplinks are also available with a separate module. In addition to providing non-stop operation and simple management, Cisco's VSS solution on Catalyst 4500-X switches offers higher system performance of as much as 1.6 Tbps by activating all possible bandwidth across redundant Catalyst 4500-X Series switches. Additional advanced features include Flexible NetFlow solution for application visibility, TrustSec security, and fast, hardware-based IPv6 forwarding.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Catalyst 6500 Series and Catalyst 6800 Series switches are enterprise campus backbone platforms that incorporate the field-proven DNA of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 family of products, which first appeared more than a dozen years ago and which have been continually enhanced ever since. Cisco Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series switches offer the same general features and operation, and the modular Catalyst 6807-XL switch supports the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Supervisor Engine 2T and its extensive family of line cards and service modules. This cross compatibility and commitment to ongoing improvement protects your information technology expenditures and allows you to update your network backbone with little business disruption or management staff retraining.

Shared features of Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 modular switches equipped with Cisco's Supervisor Engine 2T include the Cisco ISE technology for convenient, single-point control to ensure unvarying policy throughout a distributed environment, Virtual Switching System capability for maximum uptime through multi-level failover, and Cisco's Campus Locator/ID Separation Protocol to support roaming and mobility and to streamline network virtualization and transition to IPv6. Additional virtualization tools to segment distinct user groups and support the special security and Quality of Service policy requirements of each group include Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN, full MPLS, Easy Virtual Network (EVN), VRF-aware technology for Network Address Translation NetFlow, GRE for v4/v6, and Layer 2 extensions with virtual private LAN services (VPLS). For unified wired/wireless networking, the WiSM2 controller Catalyst 6500 and Catalyst 6800 Series modular switches supports up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless users.

Catalyst 6500-E Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Family Switches Planning and Support ServicesThe Catalyst 6500-E Series of modular switches are designed for distribution and enterprise core networks that need world-class availability and high densities of 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 1 GE fiber, and/or 10 and 40 GE access ports. Available versions come with three to 13 expansion slots and work with a wide range of interfaces. Integrated service modules support wireless management, network monitoring, and security. Only E-Series models of Cisco's extensive family of 6500 switches work with the Supervisor Engine 2T.

The value-priced Cisco Catalyst 6503-E switch has a 4 rack unit chassis, includes 3 slots, and offers 180 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot. The Catalyst 6503-E switch can support 97 1-Gigabit Ethernet ports, up to 99 1GE fiber ports, 34 10GE ports, and 8 40GE ports.

The top-of-the-line Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch has a 19RU, 13-slot chassis and offers as much as 180 Gbps of bandwidth per slot, providing a system capacity as high as 4 Tbps. A VSS configuration can deliver 8 Tbps of switching capacity. The Cisco Catalyst 6513-E switch can support a maximum of 529 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, up to 534 1GE fiber ports, 180 10-Gigabit Ethernet connections, and 44 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Cisco Catalyst 6800 Series Switches
Cisco Catalyst 6800 Family Switches Consulting and TroubleshootingCatalyst 6800 switches are programmable core platforms intended to deliver optimal 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet support. The Catalyst 6880-X switch is a fixed, small form factor platform for high-density Ethernet intended for small or midsize enterprise campus backbones. The Catalyst 6880-X switch delivers up to 2 Tbps switching capacity and has four slots for plug-in port cards. The top port concentration on one chassis is 80 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 10GE ports or up to 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections. With VSS, a two-chassis system can deliver 4 Tbps switching capacity and support as many as 158 10/100/1000 Ethernet access ports or 10-Gigabit Ethernet access ports or as many as 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The modular Cisco Catalyst 6807-XL switch has a 10-rack-unit form factor with 7 expansion slots and accepts existing Supervisor Engine 2T cards and service modules. (Two slots are for the Supervisor Engine and the other five are for expansion modules.) The Catalyst 6807-XL switch offers up to 880 Gbps of switching throughput on each slot and 11.4 Tbps of switching throughput while supporting up to 240 1 Gigabit Ethernet access ports or 1GE fiber connections, 80 10GE access ports or 20 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports. A two-chassis 6807-XL system with Cisco's Virtual Switching System can handle 22.8 Tbps of switching bandwidth, 480 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 1GE fiber connections, up to 160 10-Gigabit Ethernet ports or 40 40-Gigabit Ethernet ports.

How Progent Can Help Your Business with Cisco Catalyst Switches
Progent offers the remote or on-premises support services of Cisco CCIE-certified network consultants who have extensive backgrounds providing Catalyst switch technology solutions for small and medium sized businesses, branch offices, enterprise campuses, data centers, Cloud environments, and service providers. Progent's practice areas include Catalyst and Nexus families of managed switches and with Cisco's IOS and NX-OS control software. Consulting and support services offered by Progent for Catalyst Series switches include pilot testing, network analysis, network architecture design, migrations and project management, virtualization, wired and wireless unification, management automation, capacity planning, problem mitigation, disaster recovery preparedness, and network security testing and validation.

Progent has broad knowledge of industry standards and with Cisco-owned technologies associated with switching and routing such as BGP, MPLS traffic engineering, PIM, VPNs, ISIS, VLANs, FabricPath, Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), HSRP, VRRP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), VSS, and Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP). Progent's network experts also have deep knowledge of crucial technologies including TCP/IP, IPv4/IPv6, EIGRP, Routing Information Protocol, and Internet Group Management Protocol. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified network security and compliance consultants can show you how to create a comprehensive security strategy and deploy Catalyst switches so that they offer optimal support for your security policies.

In case you need the highest available density or extremely low latency switches for an enterprise-class data center, Progent can help you to evaluate, plan, and carry out a migration to Nexus switches. To find out about Progent's consulting and support services for Cisco's Nexus Series switches, see Cisco Nexus Switch configuration and support services available from Progent. Progent can also help you to connect Catalyst core switches with Cisco Meraki aggregation switches. (See Cisco Meraki switch integration consultants.)

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